The game streaming world has just gotten another new competitor, this time from Amazon, called Amazon Luna.
This new service takes on established players in the streaming space such as Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now, other services that let you play games directly from cloud servers without having to download them first.
Amazon Luna works a bit like Prime Video in that there are channels you can subscribe to. The main one at the moment is Luna Plus (which we’ll detail below), which means you don’t have to buy separate games – it also brings a few extra perks.
You can buy the Amazon Luna controller to play games, and it costs $ 49.99, but you can also use a PS4 or Xbox One controller or keyboard and mouse.
The entire service is currently only available through early access for US gamers, so while the service will hopefully launch elsewhere over time, we don’t have international pricing. You can request an invitation via the Luna website If you live in the US and want a more in-depth guide, we’ve written instructions on how to register for Amazon Luna.
You can play Amazon Luna through Amazon products such as a Fire TV and other devices such as your smartphone, Mac or PC. It is possible, although not confirmed, that other Amazon devices, such as Fire Tab HD tablets, will eventually be compatible as well, as Amazon strives to ensure that its family of products all work cohesively.
Some games confirmed for Amazon Luna are Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Control, Two Point Hospital, Sonic Mania Plus, and Yooka-Laylee and The Impossible Lair. Those are just some of the games Amazon has confirmed for the service, but the company has confirmed that there will be more than 100 in total, which is quite a bit more than Stadia had at launch.
New games, such as Valhalla, Immortals: Fenyx Rising, and Far Cry 6, will be available on Amazon Luna as soon as they launch as Ubisoft has an Amazon Luna channel for its games.
The game streaming market is quickly becoming a crowded one, but it’s hard not to get excited about cloud gaming – when it works well (looking at you, Stadia). We’re intrigued to get your hands on Amazon Luna (well, metaphorical hands) and see it play out.
Amazon Luna Plus
There is a separate subscription service called Luna Plus, styled by Amazon as Luna + – as mentioned earlier, this is a channel that you can purchase access from ‘standard’ Luna. It gives you access to a library of games, but has a few extra perks, such as 4K / 60fps gaming and the ability to play on two devices at the same time.
The service costs $ 5.99 per month and works on PC, Mac and Fire TV stick – it also works on iPhones and iPads, but not Android handsets yet. You need the controller to play, so the costs for this service can quickly add up at first.
A good number of games will be accessible during early access: these include Resident Evil 7, Control, The Surge 2, Iconoclasts and GRID, with a total number of over 100.
Amazon calls Luna Plus the first official channel for Luna, making it sound like more could be to come.